|Event on Saturday to get DRM out of the Boston Public Library
||[Feb. 7th, 2008|11:04 am]
The Boston Community
DefectiveByDesign.org has announced an action against libraries that support DRM on their collections. Boston locals can join them this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at the Boston Public Library's main branch, and non-locals are encouraged to stage an action against their own library if it's using DRM.
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(I'll be there.)
I have some sympathy with the "software should be free" movement if for no other reason than the fundamental underlying assumption, that you're basically paying for something (math) that's free, is at least logical. The problem, of course, is that this is generally the attitude held by the kind of computer nerd who sees EVERYTHING on a disc as software, even if it's, erm, not.
not necessarily in reply to you, but to the "free movement...
cars and big screen tvs and certainly cable tv in HD should be free too :) video games? naturally. a copy of orange box! absolutely. also the computer and OS should be free too. also state of the art.
THINGS take resources, to be true. other things take time. all the folx that want freebies don't seem to realize they have to trade shiny beads for other THINGS, and also time, time is not free. as a programmer, i trade time for beads so i can have things. if you want my code, i want beads.
math is hard :) learning a programming language can be free! want software? write some. then suddenly you'll want beads too.
I have no trouble paying for software, especially since I run a Mac and Apple's software tends to be on the "reasonable" scale for what you get. Also, I couldn't code a software editing program to save my life, and I'd sooner edit on fucking Ulead or some consumer level shit than touch that folk code pesashit called Celluloid.
i definitely buy my software. sometimes i grumble over buying the new 10.X from apple, but i buy it.
take a look at craigslist, you'll see people selling apple hardware LOADED with every known major software, all the latest versions, pretty much all of it guaranteed to be pirated. heck, for the cost of some of the cheaper laptops, you'd be getting the entire adobe software suite for free! and you'd still have 100 more titles. the hardware is just the delivery device ;) that's fair! ;) [smiley captioned for the humor impaired :>]
This raises the rather important question of why you'd WANT the full Adobe suite. I wouldn't touch Premiere with a stick.
And if that's how the people who are paying for that software to be coded want to distribute it, great!
If not, though...
The point is that it doesn't actually make sense to say "I don't support Free Software because I think programmers should be paid for their time", because Free Software (usually meaning software licensed under the GPL or a similar license) has no requirement that work be uncompensated.
If there's another issue with it, that's a different story, but I'm seeing a lot of people on this thread demonstrate this misunderstanding.
Gotcha. Carry on, unimpeded by my lack of reading comprehension. :-)
My response was to perspicuity's comment, which seemed to imply that he/she interprets the "free software" movement as a movement against software costing money/programmers getting paid.
Obviously companies have the right to distribute content they create under the licensing agreements of their choosing. Unless, of course, that content relies on a preexisting piece of content with its own licensing requirements about how it can be used :).